Amazon now offers discounted Prime Membership to Medicaid recipients

Amazon has launched a low-cost version of Prime for customers enrolled in Medicaid, the government program providing health insurance to low-income Americans. Medicaid recipients can subscribe to Prime for $5.99 per month, which is less than half the usual monthly price of $12.99. At about $72 annually, it’s also less than the regular $99 annual price. To qualify for the discount, go to and upload a photo of either your Medicaid card or EBT. This program provides most of the same benefits as a regular Prime membership, including free two-day shipping, Prime Video, Prime Music, and more. One difference is customers enrolled in the discounted program cannot share their benefits with another adult like the regular membership allows. Customers must requalify once a year and can only receive the discount for the first four years.

  1. Sammy Bammy says:

    YO!!! Anyone got an EBT I can borrow ? Let me get this straight, My monthly price goes up so all the people I am already paying for to be on public assistance through my taxes now are getting cheap prime through my increased rates? Screw Amazon!!!

    • Mark B says:

      Those people you basically accuse of stealing from you also pay taxes so get off your high horse. Plus you know one thing has nothing to do with the other so stop being a jerk. Or as an alternative feel free to live at or below the poverty line and you too can enjoy limited healthcare oh and of course discounted Prime.

      • Keith says:

        The ultra rich rely on people like this so they can get away with MASSIVE and PERMANENT tax cuts.
        Instead of realizing they got scammed,theyll direct their anger towards the people who quite literally have no power (actual Princeton study.)
        If Amazon could get enough mecaid recipents to pay the full price they wouldn’t offer this.
        With all the corruption,I honestly can’t imagine getting upset about a petty discount for the poor from a company that could become the first TRILLION dollar corporation. But as soon as I read the headline I knew what the comment section would look like.

      • Sammy Bammy says:

        Actually I am lower middle class, have worked my ass off for 25+ years and most people I know save for retired or elderly that have an EBT or Medicaid card are on welfare or assistance, not working or contributing to the tax rolls and reaping the benefits of huge tax refunds. Yes, the same ones living on assistance , but driving a 10X better car than I for not working , but they “deserve” discounted and free everything and I am a jerk ?

        • Reflex says:

          Studies do not back up your anecdotal evidence.

          • Sammy Bammy says:

            Studies don’t live in the hood and see it every day. Sorry, but where i live, it may be 20% -25% single mom or elderly and
            75% Escalade driving, gold and Jordan wearing, EBT card carrying wonderful examples of individuals contributing to the tax base. No that isn’t a racist statement because they come from all groups and honestly I see refugees around my area working 100x harder than anyone I know getting the freebies .

          • Reflex says:

            Regardless, policies are not and should not be made for the niche cases of perceived abuse.The data does not indicate your claimed scenario is at all common. The vast majority of people who receive public assistance do so for a limited time during episodes of their life when they are transitioning between jobs in some form or another, or are the elderly. I’m not going to punish that very large group because someone once saw a poor person buy something they decided they shouldn’t have.

      • Bill says:

        no they dont

        • Sammy Bammy says:

          I want to live where Reflex lives !!!!! Sounds like a heck of a place……I guess the rest of us don’t live in the reality of welfare lifers, drug addicts selling their EBT funds for 50 cents on the dollar,or winning the once a year tax lottery for not working a single day.

          • Reflex says:

            People love their anecdotes or treating the exception as the rule, don’t they? I’d say its a good thing that there are plenty of studies on this topic, but I doubt those who are wedded to a specific world view would bother reading them.

            But since we are prioritizing anecdotes over data, here’s one: When my mother left my father and took her four children, we lived on welfare, food stamps and lived in section 8 housing. She went to school, got a job and eventually those things were not required. She has worked and paid taxes for the rest of her life since then (her mid-20’s), paying back far more than she ever was given.

            And another one: My father worked from the age of 16 until he was 65, he refused to ever use even unemployment. At 65 he found his pension had been reduced to being barely supplemental ($213/month) which made that plus Social Security not cover his medical bills, especially as he developed alzheimer’s in his late 60’s. I signed him up for MedicAid and we managed to get through until he passed away.

            So-called welfare more accurately is an investment program. It helps people in difficult situations get back on their feet, and the vast majority contribute more in taxes than they take over the course of their lives. It always amazes me that people clamor for government to invest in roads, national security, border walls and various other structures and programs, but the idea of investing directly in citizens (assistance programs, education, health care, etc) is somehow a terrible thing that must be stopped because surely some percentage will be lazy bums.

            There is little evidence that those scenarios are actually common, but there are mountains of evidence that the vast majority of people who receive some form of assistance go on to be productive contributers to society.

          • Sammy Bammy says:

            The cat is finally out of the bag with Reflex….not even worth discussing a topic with someone who is obviously so out of touch with reality.

    • Dave says:

      Yep. Government entitlements have expanded to consumer entitlements.

      • Reflex says:

        How is this an entitlement? They also give discounts to moms, students and a number of other target markets. It’s called marketing. It is how companies expand their customer base.

    • Reflex says:

      …I missed the part where they raised prices on Prime for non-Medicaid recipients…Pretty sure it’s not in there…

  2. Damien says:

    Gee Elias getting slow?
    I mentioned this months ago. it sure is nice for my family. Well me and my dad.
    It gives me lots to do when I’m home alone.
    Games tv and movies.

  3. Colleen says:

    I am disabled and have paid into disability for over 30 yrs through work. I never wanted to be on assistance and didn’t want to be disabled. This offer is more than a blessing so any of you trash talkers putting this down need to realize that not all of us want to rely on assistance from Medicaid, we have no choice.

  4. Bill says:


    this is just an employment benefit for bezo’s employees

  5. shwru980r says:

    You’ll be in for a world of hurt if Amazon is hacked and criminals obtain an electronic copy of your Medicaid or EBT card. The average cost to unwind identity theft for an individual is $10,000. With the $27 per year savings, it would take you 370 years to recoup the cost of identity theft.

    • Reflex says:

      wouldn’t that be the case in any scenario where any retailer online or off either retains your purchasing method data or has their checkout system hacked? How do you know the terminals at Kroger aren’t feeding your card numbers, EBT or credit, to Chechnya? Ask Target shoppers how that worked out for them…

  6. Annie Hinman says:

    At Sammy Bammy, It would be great if your scenarios were all true; unfortunately, they’re not. I was in an awful car accident, the other party hit me…now I’m dealing with the after effects. I think this is an awesome idea to help those who are truly needy and trying to help themselves. As for myself I am in school, learning something I love that is basically an addendum to what I already was doing. I worked hard for everything I have, still do being disabled, do not appreciate your remarks. I put money in, and find myself financially strapped as I had to spend all savings to live while awaiting my disability approval. So this is fantastic savings wise as I need to buy products for my new business start-up. You are not paying for me in any way. Think before you write and include everyone in your prejudiced remarks. Have the great day we all should have.

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